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Eaton Weekly Democrat.
I. G. GOtJIiD, Publisher. Devoted to the Interests of the Democratic Party, ind the Collection of Local and General News. . Two Dollars per Annum, in Advance,
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The Railway Ride.
In their yachts on ocean gliding.
On tbeir steeds Arabian riding.
Whirled o'er owi on tinkling sledges.
Men forget their woe and pain :
What the pleasure then should fill them
What the eestacr shonld thrill them
Borne wi th ponderous speed, and thunderous.
U r toe narrow iron plain.
Restless as a dream of vengeance.
Mark yon there the iron engines
Slowing steam from snorting nostrils.
Moving each apon its track :
Sighing, panting, anxious, eager.
Not with purpose mean or meager.
But intense intent for motion.
For the liberty they lack.
Now one screams in triumph, for the
Engine-driver, grimed and swarthy.
Lays his hand upon the leTer.
And the steed is loose onoe more;
Off it moves, and fast and taster.
With no nrging from the master.
Till the awed earth shakes in terror
At the rumbling and the roar.
Crossing long and thread-like bridges.
Spanning streams, and clearing ridges,
Sweeping over broad green meadows.
That in starless darkness lay
How the engine rooks and clatters.
Showers of fire around it scatters.
While its biasing eye outpeering
Iioeks fer perils in the way.
To yon tunnel drift careering.
In Its brown mouth disapperring.
Past from sight and passed from hearing.
Silence follows like a spell;
Then a sudden sound-burst surges.
As the train from earth emerges
With a scream of exultetten.
With a wild and joyous yell.
What the chariot swift of Ares
Which a god to battle carries ?
What the steeds the rash boy handled
Harnessed to the sun-god's wain 7
Those are mystic: this is real ;
Born not of the past ideal.
But of craft and strength and purpose.
Love of speed end thirst of gain.
Oh I what wildnees 1 oh I what gladness I
Oh I what joy akin to madness!
hi what reckless feeling raises
Us to-day beyond the stars I
What to as all human anti-hills.
Fame, fools sigh for. land that man Gils,
In the swinging and the clattering
And the rattling of the oars 7
His Side.
A. telegram announcing the serious
illness of my only sister, bad shortened
my hardly earned holiday. Though I
started from the north fetfroediately by
the night mail, London would not be
reached before the next morning. With
the prospect of a long and cold journey,
I provided plenty of rugs and furs, and
rolling myself up warmly in them, hop
ed to -be able to allay my anxiety in
It was a bitter night in the beginning
of December. Snow had been falling
slightly through the day, and the coun
try through which we hurried looked
bleak and dismal. Spite of the weath
er there appeared to be a good many
passengers, and I was just congratulat
ing myself on having secured an empty
carriage, when at a small country station,
to my disgust, the door was opened and
a. lady got in. Before I could remon
strate the door was shut and the train
was again on the move.
' Confound that guard I" I mentally
ejaculated ; " what a lot of cold that
fellow has let in I" and I proceeded to
wrap my tiger skin more closely around
me. In doing so, however, I found the
unwelcome irtrader had her feet on the
end of it. The girl, for so I judged her
to be from the slightness of her figure,
moved instantly, and I caught a glimpse
of her face. It was enough I The utter
wretchedness, palor and woebegone look
arrested my hand: and noticing, that
she only had a small bag " with her, in
stead of taking care of myself I begged
her to accept the loan of my rug, re
marking at the same time that it was "a
frightfully cold night for traveling."
The girl looked up and smiling her
thanks accepted my offer; but sank
again into a dejected attitude into her
corner of the carriage.
Somehow I could not settle to sleep.
In vain I shut my eyes ; some strange
attraction caused me to open them and
look toward my companion. She was
now leaning forward gazing into the
darkness with an amxious questioning
look upon her face a look as if she was
striving to look into futurity painful
to behold in one so young.
Seen in the dim light given by the
lamp, I judged her to be about twenty
years of age a refined, fragile-looking
girl, far too delicate to be abroad alone
such a night. From her face my glance
descended to her dress, which was hand
some and in very good taste; she had
taken off her gloves and her small, well
formed hands were clasped tightly to
gether on her lap. That she was labor
ing under some deep distress or anxiety
of mind t.-ere could be no doubt.
Was it not strange for so young and
pretty a girl to be traveling alone at
Buch an hour? I had looked at my
watch when she got into the carriage,
and it marked midnight. No one had
accompanied her to the door, not even
a servant! Who was she? Where could
shebe going? Wolud she be met?
Losing myself in these conjectures I
awoke, making the chilly air still more
chill. I glanced atmy companion she
looked positively death-like, but as
wide awake as ever. As we were close
to London, I began to prepare my
things for leaving the train. The girl
returned my tiger-skin and thanked me
for it in a low voice. I made a few ob
servations on the wretchedness of being
obliged to travel all night, to which she
barely responded. As I wanted to find
out something about her, I went on
talking ; I told her I was hurrying home
to see my sister's sick bed, but concul
ded with t
" It will be too early, however, to
knock them up when we reach town ;
so I shall go first and get some break
fast at a coffee-house where I am known
which is sure to be open."
' Is it a place a lady can go to ?" to
my surprise asked my companion ; " be
cause, if so, I shall be very glad of some
coilee belore 1 continue my journey."
"If you will permit me, I shall be
very happy to take you there," I an
swered, "and also to see after your lug
gage as you are not going to be met."
" Thank you," she replied, while a
vivid blush crossed her pale face ; " but
I have only this bag with me."
On reaching London I transferred my
traps into a cab, and we Btarted together
in search of breakfast. Very soon we
were very comfortably located beside a
blazing fire, with steaming hot coffee
and eatables before us. My companion
nte iut little and spoke still less.
" Uow pretty she is," I thought, " and
lyr ffltjreljr tb dy. Still pkere i
something so entirely strange about the
whole affair that I will make a mental
note of everything about her hazel
eyes and hair; arched eyebrows, well
defined ; large nose ; pretty mouth ;
beautiful teeth ; oval face." But 1 felt
all the time without thus minutely ex
amining each feature, her face was in
delibly impressed on my mind ; I was
not likely soon to forget either the face
or the girl.
Being very anxious for news of my
sister, directly our meal was finished I
paid my bill the girl would not hear
of my paying her share and ordered
the waiter to call a hansom.
" Please, a cab for me at the Bame
time," said she.
" Now," I thought, ." she will be oblig
ed to give an address, and I shall know
where she is goiDg."
Placing her in the cab and shutting
the door, I said, "where shall I tell the
driver to take you ?"
A suddenly frightened look, a blush
and catching of the breath, a moment's
hesitation, and then " Temple-bar," was
the order given. I marveled, but gave
the direction, took off my hat, and the
cab drove oft. " Very mysterious," I
thought. However, there was no time
for indulging in vain speculation, home
I must hasten. My siBter I found very
ill, though all danger was over; but
what with the necessary attention to her
and a great press of business, of my
own, I ceased to think further of my
strange traveling companion.
Four days after, however, my eye was
suddenly arrested by the following ad
vertisement in the "sensation" column
of the Timet : "Left her home, on the
evening of the 1st of December, a young
lady. Middle height, and delicate look
ing; brown eyes and eyebrows, oval
face. Dressed, when last seen, in a
maroon rep dress, trimmed with velvet
and fringe. Is supposed to have with
her a hand-bag, with initials in gold on
it, of ' B. B.' Any person giving infor
mation as to her whereabouts, or any
information whatever, shall be hand
somely rewarded. Apply to L. B., post
office, Stonham."
I rubbed my eyes. Did 1 see clearly ?
Was I dreaming? No; there was the
exact description of my traveling com
paniondate and discription coincided.
Then there was some mystery connected
With the girl, alter all. 1 thought so.
five minutes' reflection, and 1 was
writing to " L. B.," giving a full account
of my journey to town. The letter
dispatched, 1 waited with what patience
I could for the next move in the play.
Just as I had finished dinner the next
evening, and was feeling somewhat
lonely, not having my sister to talk to,
as had ever been the case since we were
left orphans together years ago, the
servant entered, saying a gentleman
was in the- library who desired to see
me, if possible, instantly, on very im
portant business. The card sent in
bore the name of " Col. Byng."
" -Now for the solution of the mys
tery 1 " I thought, as, quickly following
the servant, I found myself in the
presence of a tall, military-looking
man, who came forward to meet me in
great agitation, and, as J ottered my
hand, broke out with Tell me where
to find my daughter, for God's sake 1"
Quickly 1 related Ihe circumstances
of our journey ; and as I ended the
story the poor lather dropped his head
on his breast, . murmuring, " All my
lault, my tault, L was too harsh with
the poor child ; I know it now, too late.
And yet I believed I was acting for the
best. Sir " turning to me " I thank
you for easing my mind so far. You
say you are a lawyer. 1 pray you unite
your efforts with mine ; help me to find
my child."
We sat late into the night, arranging
plans for the following day. I prevailed
upon Col. Byng to take urrhis quarters
at my house, that he might be on the
spot to compare notes. Baside, the
poor man was in such a distracted state
it was not fit for him to be in a hotel
Though every available means of the
detective force, advertisements, etc,
were used, our search proved fruitless.
The unhappy father at last, worn out
with anxiety, trouble and self-upbraid-
ings, had to return to his hope, his af
fairs there requiring his presence. His
parting words to me were : " Leave no
Stone unturned ; spare no expense ;
find Beatrice. I feel my actions have
murdered my child."
Lett to myself, 1 redoubled my efforts,
but was baffled at every turn. 1 trem
blingly asked myself, " Could it be true?
was she no more ? That face, so sweet,
so pure that face which I now felt was
my fate was I never to see again ?"
The thought was maddening. " Leave
no stone unturned," uo, there could
never again be rest for me until I had
found her.
Things came to a climax for me that
evening, now vividly I remember each
particular !
The long, long drawing-room, dimly
lit by the lamp placed on a small table
by the hre, neai which sat my step
mother, toying with some bright-colored
wools, and talking merrily to the dis
agreeable, cynical-looking man at the
opposite side of the hearth ; while I, at
a distant table, pretended to be read
ing, though all the while my father's
parting words kept repeating themselves
over and over again in my mind, and
dancing before me on the page in vain
I tried to read.
" You must accept Mr. Lomax be
fore my return at the end of the
week, Beatrice. There must and shall
be no further delay, else you will re
main no longer in my house."
Those were the fatal words, the wdrds
that would give me no rest. I looked
at Mr. Lomax. Accept him? be his
wife ? belong to him ? the wife of a man
three times my age ? a man of morose,
gloomy temper, whom I instinctively
feared as well as hated ; whose touch I
shuddered at; whose glance seemed to
blight me? Because he was rich and I
poor, was I, therefore, to sacrifice my
young life? Never, come what might 1
"Mr. Lomax wishes you to sing,
Beatrice,'' came from the distance, my
stepmother's silvery, insincere voice.
Seeing that I hesitated, she crossed
quickly over and hissed in mr ear:
"Come, no nonsense; do as you are
bidden, instantly, or you go to your
Without more ado I went to the
Eiano, found a song that I remembered
e particularly disliked, and sang it
"Really, Beatrice, I cannot congratu
late you either on your song or your
voice," said Mrs. Byng, for once forget
in g her rale of amiability. " Pray, sing
something that will give us some little
pleasure to listen to."
Mr. Lomax here joined in : " Yes,
Miss Byng ; you seem to forget that the
last time you sang that song I expressed
my dislike to it."
" So," thought I, " before I have even
agreed to marry you, you dare to cen
sure me ! I wonder what it will be
However, I took a piece and played
it through. Just as it was finished I
found Mr. Lomax at my elbow.
"Cruel Beatrice, not to sing," he
murmured; and suddenly encircling
me with his arms, kissed me two or
three times.
I struggled madly to free myself;
jumped up and out of the door ; not,
however, before I had heard Mrs. Byng's
voice say soothingly, " Don't " be dis
mayed, Mr, Lomax, the dear girl will
come round in a day or two; I will
answer for it."
" Come round ! She would answer
for it."
Half crazed, I fled up stairs, rushed
to my room, and locked the door ; then
I plunged my face into a basinful of
water to wash away, if possible, every
trace of those hated kisses. Yes ; he
had certainly made a masterly stroke
then he had made me realize how
utterly I hated him. I felt scorched,
polluted by his touch.
And my father had said by his return
it was a settled thing. Mrs. Byng, of
course, had lorced him to say that ; she
wanted me gone, that her child might
reign supreme. Why, not content
with forcing this hated marriage upon
me, she had even that very day heaped
other indignities upon me ; I had had
to do servants' work. O, what was I to
do ? My father had said I should not
remain with him. Then I must marry
Mr. Lomax ? No never I Bather would
I beg!
Lightning-like, a thought Hashed
through my mind. Was it possible?
1 had restlessly been pacing the room ;
I now stood still. 1 put my hand to
my head to still its throbbings. Yes,
I world do it ; I would save them all
from further trouble. I would disap
pear. Again I bathed ' my face, this
time to clear my brain. I looked at my
watch 8 o'clock. I remembered sud
denly that the London mail stopped at
a mail station about three miles dis
tant, at midnight plenty of time to
catch it.
My resolution was taken. I had five
pounds in my dressing-case,' given me
only a few days previously for my al
lowance. I took it out and began my
arrangements. First I packed up a
small hand-bag, into which l also put
several of my best ornaments, and then
I get myself ready for the walk.
The sounds in the bouse gradually
ceased. I heard Mr. Lomax go. I
heard my stepmother go to her room,
and the usual locking-up took place,
and then all was quiet. Half an hour
" Now, or never," I thought, and
carefully unfastening my door, I crept
down stairs, went into the dining-room
and took a glass of wine, and putting
into my pocket some biscuits left ou
the table, 1 noiselessly opened the
French window and stepped out on the
Free! As lightly as possible I glided,
more tl-an walked, past the front of the
house, without deigning one farewell
glance at the place that, until Mrs.
Byng's advent, had been a happy home
to me, but that lately had been worse
than a prison, and with a Bigh of relief
found myself beyond the gates, with
the long stretch of road before me.
Mow solitary it looked. Hitherto 1
had acted in a sort of maze ; but the
cold night air, in reviving, also brought
me back to the present moment.
Should. I ever be able to walk these
dreadful three miles alone? Looking
up suddenly, I saw afar off the light
Ummering lrom Mrs. JtSyng's wm-
n i Vi , ilattal fuin T ran
swiftly on.
Snow was lying on the ground ; every
bush and twig showed sharply out
against the sky clearly defined. As I
passed a belt ol tar trees, the slight noise
of my own footsteps startled me ; and I
glanced behind to be seized with tear at
my own shadow. Turning the corner
of the road, a dark moving thing came
toward me. What could it be? My
feet seemed rooted to the ground, else
I must have turned and fled backward.
However, as it came nearer i proved to
be only a horse with a clog on its leg.
Taking courage, I rushed past it, and,
leaving the road, crossed two fields, and
began to skirt the river, tiiat being a
short cut to the station.
How dark and cold it looked as it
glided on ! But yet it fascinated me,
and I stopped to gaze at it for a mo
ment. What evil spirit was it that pos
sessed me that second ? With a shudder
I sprang quickly forward and ran on my
way afresh, nor did I slacken speed un
til the station lights came in view. Not
one human being had met me ; so far
I might hope that I had gained my lib
Putting on a thick vail, I entered and
took my ticket for London only just
in time, for the train came up the next
minute. How thankful was I to be
even in such a haven of refuge ! Sink
ing back to the first seat, I found I was
not alone, a gentleman sat in the oppo
site side of the carriage; we had not
gone far when he offered me his rug,
which I gladly accepted, for it was
fearfully cold, and then he seemed to
During that night I underwent a fiery
ordeal of doubt and fear. No sleep
visited my eyes ; my future plans had
to be made ; but chaos ruled supreme
in my mind, and anxious questionings
as to whether, alter all, 1 bad acted
rightly would perplex me. Would the
shock harm my father, who, until Mrs.
Byng entered the house, bad invariably
been kind to me. But no 1 Ho hod
been so harsh lately because I had de
clared I could not do as he bad wished
with respect to Mr. Lomax. The net
had gradually closed around me ; each
day for the last two months I had in
vain pleaded to be left free; he had
tighented the strings, Mrs. Byng keep
ing him up to the mark ; he had de
clared I should agree to the marriage or
leave the house. Well, the bird had
got free a little sooner than they ex
pected, that was all ! Free ! But
whither next?
At last that night, as every other
time, good or evil, must come to an
end. As soon as it was light my com
panion began to prepare for leaving the
train ; I looked at his face ; it was kind
and good. Should I confide in him
and beg his help? No; henceforth it
was for me to act alone. My rash step
had forfeited the woman prerogative of
being taken care of ; already punish
ment came in that thought ! However,
I plucked up courage to ask him to
take me to some place for breakfast:
and then, when in a cab after he had
bidden me adieu, I felt as though my
one rambling friend was gone ; there
had been a sense of protection even in
his presence.
The need of action, however, recalled
me to myself. After driving a short
distance toward Temple-bar, I ordered
a cabman to take me again north, and
reaching a part of London I knew,
from having been near at school, I got
out and paid the man, and then taking
my bag in hand sought for some quiet,
inexpensive lodging. Finally, after a
weary walk, I succeeded in getting a
cheap bedroom in a respectable street :
after ordering some necessary things, I
sat down to consider the next step to
take. Certainly a suitable change of
dress ; I would go and buy new things
at once. Then I went to a servants'
registry office, and put my name down
for a lady's maid place. My money
would not hold out long : thus I might
gain an honest livelihood, I thought in
my inexperience. Surely in the vor
tex of London one's identity could be
lost 1
That night sleep came, and the whole
of the next day illness kept me pris
oner. It was the reaction ; the mind,
though still master of the body, which
was weak and tender. At la t, shaken
and feeble, I succeeded in dressing.
Horror of horrors! on counting my
small stock of money I found it would
be barely sufficient to pay the expenses
of the past day. Hastily I put on my
bonnet and started in search of a situa
tion. I, Beatrice Byng I A list was
given me, but at each house where I
applied the place had just been filled
up. Having parted with some of my
jewels, I continued my search for a
situation, and at the end of a few weeks
was sent to see a lady who was looking
out for a maid for her daughters. How
odd it felt to be shown into her pres
ence as a servant ! I know I behaved
strangely, illness had made me ner
vous ; after putting a few general
questions the lady asked for my char
acter. " I have not lived out before," I an
" Then, at all events, young woman,
you can give me some reference ?"
" No, ma'am," I said ; " 1 can only
ask you to try me without any one
speaking for me ; I will do my utmost
to please you."
" Keally, this is most abominable of
Mrs. Rogers sending me a person with
out anv character : m-av eo instantlv : I
never have anything to do with such as
A burning blush overspread my face
and I withdrew ; how 1 got out of the
house I know not. That was the last
situation I would seek ! Utterly hope
less, and worn out in mind and body, I
walked up and down the terraces and
squares, dreading to go back to my
lonelv room, though fearing to be seen
and recognized even now. One thought
alone brought comlort ; tar better this
life even than that of the betrothed of
Mr. Lomax.
It seemed to my excited imagination
that people put their heads out of their
carriage windows to look after me ; I
wondered te myself if I looked as
strange and unreal as I felt. Walking
along I caught glimpses of comfortable
kitchens, bright fires, and groups of
merry servants. It was just dusk. At
one house a carriage load of children
was being put down one young mother
even came to the door to meet her
child there were joyous greetings and
much laughter. How the voices thrilled
through me I So had 1 once been.
And now a fugitive, and almost starv
ing, I crept along. How.good the smell
of dinner being cooked t (I had tasted
nothing that day.) A peal of bells
struck my ear. Christmas Eve I So it
was. Choking back my tears I hasten
ed on ; Bp Christmas greetings for me
no kiss, no presents, no joy. JNooneto
take any care whether I lived or died.
With these thoughts 1 crept back to
my lodging; they came and told me
they were going out to a family gather
" Very well," I responded, " only let
me be."
The landlady looked at me sorrow
fully, and saying that I had best go to
bed and get warm I had no- hre and
that she would send me up some tea,
left me to my own sad thoughts.
isitter tears came to my aid, my brain
else had been crazed ; repentance for
my rash step began to make itself felt ;
conscience whispered that I had not
considered sufficiently its possible effect
upon others. After all, was not the
punishment merited 7 But then the al
ternative marriage with a man. , t des
pised as well as hated ! Ah, well 1
Welcome death before that !
The Christmas bells rang all that
evening and far into the night. 1 sank
into a sort of a trance: cold and hunger
alike were forgotten. I saw a well-lit
room, warmth and plenty prevailed,
merry childish figures ran about, my
father sat at the head of a well-covered
table, around him were many bright
faces ; a little girl dressed to represent
(Jhristmas danced up to mm, ne took
her up in his arms and kissed her brow
it was myself I tried to speak and
Where was I ? Was it really me ly
ing there rlone with the cold moonlight
resting on my forehead ? Was I still
dreaming ? I sat up and gave a shud
dering glance around. Ah, yea! This
was all real, and I bad run away from
home, so I had. It seemed a long time
ago years almost. How odd and ill I
felt ! Surely I was not going to die
there, in that room all alone ? I scream
ed aloud there was no answer no one
needed the lonely lodger. I put my
clasped hands above my head and
prayed for calmness and help in my ex
tremity. Then my thoughts wandered
again to death. Perhaps I should be
found there in the morning lying cold
and stiff ; they would shake their heads
and murmur, "Poor young thing!"
The landlady would find a directed let
ter in my pocket, and then my father
would come up and identify me. I
should be put in my coffin carefully and
buried in some London cemetery among
strangers, away from any one who had
loved me. My father would repent
then his harshness perchance weep
too late. He would look at me, all so
still and white, and know it was his do
ing that I lay there. How sad it would
be to see one so young dead ! Would
my lace change much. 1 wondered?
Mrs. Byng would then grieve, and Mr.
Lomax also. But where should I be,
.f that lay there ?
bleep came at last, full of troubled
dreams, but blessed, as it brought for
getfulness to the present. Christmas
morning, in trying to rise, I fainted ; so
had to remain where I was. They
brought me food out of pity ; the wo
man of the house sat by my bedside,
and begged to be allowed to write to my
' There must be some one who cares
for you, poor child," she said.
"rioone," 1 sadly answered; "only
let me alone."
The next day she again stood at the
bottom of my bed ; her husband wanted
his rent; he refused even to get bread
until he was paid. She could not change
his resolution, fayment, or else 1 was
to be turned into the street, ill or
" You shall have your money, and I
will quit the room to-day." I said as I
emptied the contents of my purse into
her willing hands. Ihere was only just
enough not a penny over and all my
ornaments I had already pawned.
What to do next, alas, I knew not.
Despair gave momentary strength. I
rose and dressed. One look at the
glass before I left ; no one would recog
nize Beatrice Byng now rrt further
fear of that. Sunken eyes, hollow
cheeks, white lips. The old bright
Beatrice Byng, then, was really already
dead ; it was merely her spirit or ghost
that moved along now.
Melancholy I took up my bag, and
passed out of the house, houseless and
Wandering aimlessly up and down
some quiet terrace near, I felt my little
strength was - going ; money for food
must be had somehow. A lamp-post
before a well-lit house attracted my at
tion ; surely, I might lean against it ;
no one would say to me " nay " there.
A sudden impulse, a quick resolve, and
broke out with a hymn 1 loved :
"While shepherds watched their flocks."
It was as though an angel sang within
me, the voice was so pure and clear.
the door ot the House opened; some
one came to my side ; money was held
out. I looked up and saw dimly
through a film of tears a gentleman.
Miss Byng," was all he said; and 1
lost consciousness.
She fell into these arms. After all it
was decreed that I should find her. I
carried her into my house, my sister,
who was now quite well, helping me.
We laid her in our best guest-chamber.
Many days and nights death and love
fought together; my darling was re
stored to health. Day by day she grew
to know how I loved her ; day by day
her heart became mine. In the spring
time, when the flowers bloomed and
the violet gave out its perfume, we were
Col. Byng gave his dtughter away;
but Mrs. Byng never even sent a mes
sage. L hnd it Hard to lorgive ner;
but .Beatrice whispers, " it it Had not
been for her, we Bhould never have
General Items.
A new periodical in London is called
The Ladies."
They are tryig to abolish the chain-
gang in Memphis.
Boston requires one million of tons of
coal per annum, or four thousand car
goes, an average of twenty cargoes per
day, lrom April to October.
Wood carpets are finding favor in
New York.
The New Hampshire Agricultural
College has received a donation of
$4S,000 from John Conant, of Jaffery ;
$23,000 to found scholarships, one for
each town in Cheshire county, and two
for Jaff rey.
The rumor that Roden has purchased
ohe fast trotting stallion Mohawk, Jr.,
for Mr. Wallace is contradicted by that
gentleman. Mr. John D. Clark was
the purchaser, and the amount paid
was $20,000.
The raspberry and blackberry crop
in Connecticut has been destroyed by
the continued cold weather ot March,
while the strawberry crop will be very
The Belle Lee's coal bill for twenty-
one hours, on one trip, was $1,250, and
on the next trip $1,042. Her coal bill
on the trip from New Orleans to Cairo
and back was $d,od4.
There are 103 ladies employed in the
different branches of the Interior De
partment at Washington. Their sala
ries range from $900 to $1,200. The
Treasury Department gives employment
to 265 women.
Some of the magnesian cements used
in India are remarkably firm and dura
ble. They begin settling in two or
three hours, and become hard in a few
days, continuing to harden for many
Tint .Ta.n9.nese have naDer which is
water-proof, and of which garments,
handkerchiefs, hats, umbrellas and
purses are made, ftnd also paper war
ranted to wash, and of sufficient
strength, aj4 pliability" for any use.
In the Senate on the 23d, Mr. Trumbull,
from the Committee on Judiciary, reported without
amendment the Honse bills to repeal the requirement
for the iron-clad oath of office, and relating to new
trials in the Court of Claims, and the Senate bill to
refund taxei paid by State judicial officers on salaries.
Alao adversely to the House bill to allow persona ac-
rnml nfariinM to testify in their DWII behalf in United
States Court. A very little business was transacted.
when the senate went into executive session, ana at
p. m. adjourned.
In the AnnM on the 23d there was Terr little cosi
ness of importance transacted before the Sundry Ciyil
Appropriation bill was reached in Committee of the
Whole. This occupied the entire morning hoar, and
the bill as reported was passed under a suspension of
the rnlM The evenins session was devoted to a d's-
cussion nf the bills reported from the Committee on
naval Anairs.
In the Senate en the 24th the Postoffice
Appropriation bill was reported and the report agreed
to. Committees of conference on various bills were
appointed After a short executive session on tne
treaty the Senate adjourned.
In the House on the 24th. Mr. Henderson was de
clared entitled to his seat in the Texas contested elec
tion cam. Two thousand dollars were awarded the
contestant for his expenses. Mr. Kerr called up the
Senate bill for the sale of lands held by the Govern
ment under direct tax laws, and moved a substitute
therefor providing for the redemption of such lands
within two years, wnlcn was paaeeu......A oiu antnor-
taing the issuance of college serin in Arkansas was
passed Two thousand dollars wera appropriated to
reimburse the funeral expenses of. Admiral Farragut.
A Commission was appointed, witb the8peaker as
President, to sit during the recess and revise the rules
of the House, and report at the opening of the session
in December next All of the amendments to the
Army Appropriation bill have been disposed of, and
a committee of conference ordered on the disagreeing
votes. The' widow of Oen. Robert Anderson was
allowed a pension of M per month The Postoffice
appropriation was taken up, and without disposing
of it. the House took a recess until evening.
In the Senate, on the 25th inst., Mr. Sum
ner made a personal explanation in reference to an
article published in the New York Times, which
grossly misrepreseneed him, -in connection witb the
debate in Executive session on the Washington
Treaty A bill to reimburse Kansas for war ex
penses was reported......The time for the Executive
session having arrived, lurther general business was
postponed, and the Senate, after remaining in eession
for aboot three hours, adjourned nntil the 28th.
There was a protracted call of the House on the
nfirht of the 24th for the first time in this session, the
result of which did not end till 8 o'elock Saturday
morning, it was mde upon a mil to pay one Wal
lace, of Lexington. Mo.. S 1. 000 for property destroyed
during the wr. This extraordinary attempt to com-
mana a quorum was to prevent anoiner preceaent pe
ine established to bit that class of claims. Members
were dragged from their lodgings by the Speaker's
warrant, and bronght into the House, where they
were either fined or excused on account of illness.
Judging from the excuses of that nature, a regular
epidemic must be prevalent in that city. The mem
bers bad refreshments served on their desks, not being
allowed to leave the hall while the call was in pro
gress. The result, after all. was that tne Dill passed
uy two to one, ana tueu me odm aajuurueu uit
Monday, thereby losing a whole day for business.
In the Senate, on the 27th alt., the bill
further regulating the construction of bridges across
the Mississippi river was passed At the request of
Mr. Trumbull, the Chairman, the Committee on Ju
diciary was discharged from further consideration of
petitions against recognising God in the Constitution;
in favor of the exclusion of persons addicted to the
nse of intnxicatlne Honors, and afainst amending the
Constitution so as to make foreigners eligible for the
Presidency ......The Din to pay jLentucxys war claims
was passed The Brazilian steamship subsidy scheme
was defeated The Honse bill granting the right ef
way to the Dakota and urand Trunk liallroad com
pany, and tho bill amending an act to establish and
protect national oemeteries were passed! The great
er portion of the day's session was devoted to the con
sideration of the Tariff bill.
In the Honse. on the 27th nit., a substitute was
adoeted for the bill relating to pensions, and the bill.
as amended, was paused. It fixes monthly pensions
xor aisaDinties as follows : jjoss or toiai aisaDiiiiy 01
both hands, loss of sight, one eye, the sight of other
having been previously lost, loss or total disability of
both feet, or other total disability, rendering persons
utterly helpless, $10; loss of one hand or foot, er total
disability of same, 830; any other disability rendering
persons unfit lor manual labor. $20; loss of hearing,
both ears, or any other disability not provided tor.
$13 Tbe consideration of the conference report on
the rostomce Appropriation Dili was resumeu tne
Mniitnff onestion beinv on tbe item increasing tbe
service and subsidy of the Brazilian mail steamship
line. After a long debate, partly od the special merits
of the proposition, partly on the general policy ot sub
sidies, and largely on the injurious effect of high tariff
laws on loreign trade ana tne commerce ox ins coun
try, a proposed increase of the service and subsidy of
the .to. r. . h i n line to Rrail was afain rejected veas
70. nays H2....The 8hippiag Commissioners bill, and
tne diii lor revising tne mint ana coinage taws were
In the Senate, on the 28th ult., considera
tion of the Tax bill was resumed, and consumed the
frreater portion of the day's session. The House reso
ution to adjourn on June 3 was concurred in.
In the House, on the 28th ult., the motion to suspend
the rules to pass the Senate bill extending the Ku
Klux law until the end of the next regular session
was rejected yeas, 94; nays, 108 not two-thirds......
The bill to revive the navigation and commercial in
terests of tbe United States was discussed and recom
mitted to the Commerce Committee. The conference
report on the Supplementary Apportionment bill was
agreed to, the Senate having agreed to recede from its
amendments A bill was reported from the Judiciary
Comimittee amending the Bankruptcy act. giving the
appointment and removal of Registers in Bankruptcy
to the United States Courts, and making various other
alterations in tbe law. The rules were suspended and
the bill pasted. The motion te suspend the rules and
pass tbe Senate bill amendatory of the Civil Bights
act was rejected yeas, 114; nays. 87 less than two-
thirds voting intneamrmauve......TueDiii antuonzing
the condemnation of property for a post-office site at
Cincinnati was passed, as well as the bill granting the
right of way to tne utan, loano ana jnontan jmii-
road Company.
In the Senate, on the 29th ult, Mr. Sawyer
moved an amendment to the House bill providing for
the appointment of n commission on the subject of
wages and the henrs of labor, and a division of profits
between labor and capital in the United States. Con
siderable discussion ensued, and several other amend-
ents were onered ana rejectee, ana in, diii wees
over The bill in relation to tneuentenntai interna
tional Exhibition at Philadelphia was passed The
Tariff aDd Tax bill was again under consideration the
larger portion of tbe day. .... ...
In tbe House, on the 2Vth ult.. bills authorizing tbe
construction of railroad bridges across the Missouri
river at Omaha and BrownvTlle. Neb., were passed.
The following bills were also passed : Fixing the Con
gressional and Presidential elections in Louisiana, on
tne same aay : appropriating ejuu,uvu iur cubwui
hnnaA mt Pnrt Huron Mie.h annronriatlnff StM-OtlS for
a similar purpose at Nashville, Tnn.; dividing tbe
Slate of Illinois inte three judicial districte; amending
the Soldiers' and Sailors' Homestead act; to release
the Government of Japan from the payment of a bal
ance ot the lnaemnity iana. remaining uupaiu. uuuvr
the convention of Oct. 2t, 1861. amounting to $375,000.
. Mr. Butler offered a bill to amend the Kuforcement
act, but no action was had on it
Textile Skill of a Georgia Woman.
From the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.
One of Edgefield's skillful daughters,
Mrs. E. H. Chamberlain, of the Dark
Corner section, recently sent to the
Advertiser men (only lor inspection, 01
course) a balmoral skirt, woven by her
self, or under her eye, which is described
as a marvel of skill and beauty. The
body of the skirt is woven of rabbit
hair (not dyed) producing a pretty drab
and is wonderfully thick, soft and
fine ; while tbe bordering, broad ana 01
the most brilliant colors, is entirely of
wool. The bordering is woven double ;
the rabbit-hair part single. And the
manner in which the double and single
weaving are made to meet would excite
the admiration of a Lyons velvet
weaver. Mrs. C. has long been eminent
in this line;
Cost of Retailing.
Between the orieinal producer and
the consumer there is a great gulf
fixed, which, while neither of them can
noHdblv nasi it. swallows up a vast
amount of the substance of each of
them. Thus we find the cost of pro
ducing the refined products of petro
leum, together with freights and all
other expenses, amounts to forty
millions, and the cost to consumers is
seventy millions ; the vast difference of
thirtv millions beine swallowed up in
this culf. occupied by those who go or
come between the ' parties of the first
and last parts."
Egyptian Agriculture.
The Khedive of Egypt is one of the
largest farmers in the Eastern hemi
sphere. He cultivates bis land by steam.
has railroads laid through his vast fields,
raises suear-cane sufficient to supply ten
suear-mills in which he converts the
juice to sugar, besides immense crops of
cotton and wheat. 11 is sugar seas at
71 cents per pound. Fortunately he
has unlimited capital, and does not de
pend on the PfofMg of his form fpr
Love Land.
There' a far-off mystie country
Sunned by Hope's eternal gleam.
In whose fair and pleasant valleys
I hare wandered in a dream.
Where the brooklets run to musie
Twixt their emerald banks along.
Where the forests wave in anthems,
Swared by breetet winged with song.
There the whole great heart of nature
Ihrobe with melody for aye.
And the flowers tht bud and blossom.
Never wither, fade and die.
But for me the clime hi distant.
Distant far as morning's beam.
Though in its fair and pleasant valloys
I hare lingered in a dream.
And a pure and radiant being
Leads me gently by the hand.
When through slumber's duoky portals
Joyfully I seek that land.
And beside me in her beauty.
Lingers like the shimmering beam
Of some star that shines in heaven.
Till I waken from my dream.
That mysterious, far-off country
Is the glorious land of Lore.
Where lore is lore forerer.
And all other things abore .
And my heart yearns toward that being
As breast life's rapid stream.
Ever distant from me, waking.
Ever near me in my dream.
A "Wisconsin editor speaks of a wind
which "just sat on its hind legs and
An Omaha paper furnishes its readers
with an account of the capture of Metz.
He was a burglar.
A Chinese newspaper has entered
upon its two thousandth volume. It
has lost nearly all of its original sub
scribers. A Missouri farmer attempted to
smoke out a rabbit, and burned up half
a mile of fence and over a hundred apple
trees. He caught the rabbit.
Old lady to ber niece" Good gra
cious, Matilda, but it's cold. My teeth
are actually chattering." Loving niece
" Well, don't let them chatter too
much, or they may tell where you
bought them."
An exchange tells that, at " twenty
years of age Leland Stanford arrived in
California with only one shirt to his
back. Since then, by close attention
to business, he has accumulated over
ten millions." What can a. man want
with ten million shirts ?''
Col. Horace Scott, Superintendent
of the Jefferson ville road, owns a dog
that sits upoa a piano-stool, touches the
keys with the finest precision, rattles
off " Shoo Fly " and other pieces scien
tifically with his feet upon the keys,
and imitates a song with a howl that
undergoes all the musical inflictions.
A i:eoro preacher at a Georgia camp
meeting told his hearers that they
could never enter heaven with whisky
bottles in their pockets, and urged
them to "bring-'em right up to the
pulpit, and he would offer 'em a sacri
fice to de Lord." The consequence
was that the good shepherd was in the
evening so overcome by the spirit as to
be unable to preach.
In order to get the streets cleaned, a
Little Rock paper prints this pleasant
paragraph: "We have laid in an ele
gant assortment of first-class obituaries,
from which we shall select with pleasure
fitting one, for each of the aldermen,
when he dies from the cholera or other
disease, superinduced by the filthy con
dition of our streets and alleys.
Tbe precocious infant is going the
rounds again. She is able to recite
from memory without spectacles tho
whole story of Rip Van Winkle, which
covers ten printed pages. Being only
three vears and a half old. she forgot to
participate with the other good little
girls in the reception 01 wasmngton
and Lafayette, and doesn't even dis
tinctly remember the War of 1812, like
so many other ornaments of her sex.
These shortcomings, however, are over
looked by the family out of considera
tion for the natural inexperience of
youth. .
A faihir on the road between Charl
ton and Worcester (Mass.) having been
terribly annoyed by drummers, put up
the sign: "No sewing machines
wanted. Got one 1" It was of no use,
however, the next drummer wanted to
see the machine, so now the farmer has
put out, "small-pox," and aays that
works first rate.
The base-ball plaver was last heard of
at Keokuk, Iowa, where he knocked
out a home run, a girl's eye, and this
item at one fell swoop.
" I came near selling my boots the
other day," said Jones to a friend.
"How so?" "Well. I had them half
soled." A v old ladv savs she hears every day
of civil engineers, and wonders if there
is no one to Bay a civil wora ior con
ductors. Said a Detroit lady to a gentleman of
that city, " You are a musician, I be
lieve ?" " No," said he ; " if I were the
proprietor of a hand organ, set ex
pressly to play 'old Hundred,' I couldn't
get seventy-five out of it."
At a recent trial the counsel for the
prosecution, after severely cross examin
ing a witness, suddenly put on a look
of severity and exclaimed :
" Now, sir, was not an enort maae to
induce you to tell a different story ?" '
" A different story lrom wnai a uavo
told, do you mean."
" That's what 1 mean."
" Yes. sir : several persons have tried
to get me to tell a different story from
what I have told, but they couldn't."
" JSow sir, upon your oatn, i wisn vo
know who these persons are."
Well, you've tried about as nara as
any of them."
He was questioned no runner on mat
A tankcx doctor has contrived to ex
tract from sausages a powerful tonic,
which, he says, contains the whole
strength of the original bark. He calls
it the sulphate of canine.
To Decot a Pig, instead of driving
him, some ingenious chap recommends
tying the end of a strong cord to an ear
of corn, drop it in front of the pig, five
or six inches from his nose, and com
mence walking away with It slowly in
the way you wish the pie to go. If he
gflti disheartened at the prospect of
getting bold of it, allow fcjm a slight
pjbbje, and tbep proceed, ;

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